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Senior Marine Industries Ornithologist

Post Background

JNCC’s marine ornithologists provide advice to statutory bodies, regulators and industry on the potential impacts of marine industries on seabird populations, as well as working jointly with government, industry, NGOs and academia to obtain evidence on impacts. Significant changes in renewable energy are taking place with widescale deployment of offshore wind both planned and underway. The evidence required to make informed decisions that ensure sustainable use of the marine environment is a focus for JNCC’s work. We synthesise existing evidence, broker engagement between different sectors and, typically through collaboration, identify the most relevant new evidence that is required to fulfil conservation ambitions whilst reducing uncertainty in evidence relevant to offshore developments. We work in collaboration to progress useful, applied research, develop models and decision support tools, and advise on the adoption of new evidence and practices. The marine

ornithology group is part of the Marine Species Team, a leader in seabird monitoring and provision of strategic advice on other pressures and solutions for marine bird conservation.

Post Duties

We are seeking a seabird ecologist with experience of assessing the potential impact of offshore wind development on marine birds, strong relationship development skills and an ability to effectively represent JNCC with a range of partners and stakeholders. The focus of this post will be working with industry partners on a commercial basis to identify and facilitate initiation of research that will inform assessment of impacts of offshore wind development within the context of relevant legal and policy frameworks. The post holder will work on established projects such as the Offshore Wind Strategic Monitoring & Research Forum ( ) and other aspects of JNCC’s commercial work, supporting management, delivery and promotion. They will work closely with stakeholders in the offshore wind sector, providing advice on interactions between seabirds and offshore wind development. They will also assist in strengthening our strategic approach to evidence provision, being a key representative of JNCC, developing new relationships and partnerships, and establishing opportunities for new work. Coordination of specialist inputs from other teams in JNCC will also be an important role and the post holder will support planning across groups and teams.



To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Knowledge of the process of assessing impacts of marine industry activities on marine birds, especially related to offshore wind, and regulatory procedures
  • Experience of handling quantitative ecological information, including data management, analysis and modelling, interpreting information and presenting findings
  • The ability to critically review scientific information, appraise and effectively communicate uncertainty, and provide high quality, risk-based, impartial advice
  • Managed research or evidence synthesis projects with multiple partners, preferably from different sectors
  • Represented an organisation(s) in a senior capacity, taking leadership on developing relationships with a range of different stakeholders and establishing collaborations
  • Developed strategic plans for evolving established and novel work, and experience of leading the initiation new projects
  • Successfully played a key role as part an effective team while also having experience of working independently

  • Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject and/or relevant recent practical work experience.

  • Behaviours

    We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Technical skills

    We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • A seabird ecologist with a good understanding of anthropogenic influences on marine birds and ecosystems.
  • Benefits

    Equality and diversity

    JNCC is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and see this as a good place to work. JNCC has a responsibility to ensure that we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. Our selection process is determined on fair and open competition and regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.

    Continuous professional development (CPD)

    Employees are encouraged to keep developing skills and professional knowledge.

    JNCC has made available, and encourages employees to use, on average, five working days per annum for CPD activities with access to related funding

    Leave entitlement

    JNCC annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum. After five years’ service, leave entitlement increases to 30 days per annum.

    In addition to annual leave, JNCC offers 12 public and privilege days per annum, three of which are explicitly reserved for office closure between Christmas and New Year.

    Work/life balance

    JNCC supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.

    Our policies are family-friendly and include flexi-time, flexible working patterns, compressed hours and dispersed working. JNCC also offers paid maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, over and above the minimum statutory entitlements. Some work/life balance benefits are available following a minimum length of service.

    Civil Service Pension

    Employees will have the opportunity to join Civil Service pension arrangements, which include a valuable range of benefits. JNCC makes a significant contribution to the cost of employee pensions.

    Employee Assistance Programme

    JNCC provides employees with a free and confidential support service which gives unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support to help employees prepare for and manage all of life’s ups and downs, events and challenges.

    Trade Union

    JNCC has entered into a partnership agreement with its recognised Trade Unions: Prospect and PCS, which employees are able to join and be involved with.

    Salary sacrifice schemes

    Employee Discount Scheme

    Civil Service Sports Club

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